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How do you prefer your music?

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Music: Digital vs Physical

Postby Ruutu15 » Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:18 am

There's a lot of people who claim that the days of physical media are behind us, or are quickly going that way. I still prefer to have a physical disc when I put down $10-20. I like to look at the liner notes and artwork, and actually have something in my hands.

The point of this poll is to see what others here think. With all of the articles stating that people prefer the download services to actual media, I'm starting to feel alone...then again, this is coming from someone who collects and has has crates and crates of vinyl.
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Postby goon attack » Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:05 am

I never thought of music as a sport, but hey, wtf do I know?


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Postby Ruutu15 » Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:15 am

Ahh, damn. I meant to put it in the OT forum...someone move it!
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Postby Leedog » Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:36 am

I'm an album track guy. I want the whole damn thing, not just downloading the singles. So if you had to buy all the tracks individualy, you might as well buy the cd and get the liner notes, etc.
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Postby Ruutu15 » Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:45 am

Leedog wrote:I'm an album track guy. I want the whole damn thing, not just downloading the singles. So if you had to buy all the tracks individualy, you might as well buy the cd and get the liner notes, etc.


That's another good point. I buy albums all the time, and usually end up liking album tracks much better than the singles.
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Postby goon attack » Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:49 am

music is for goldbricking pansies who only want to leech off society and don't contribute anything
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Postby Blues Fan in SF » Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:53 am

I have a collection of over 1000 LPs and 2500 7"s/45s...most of which was never released on CD so it's either vinyl or bust anyway...
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Postby Guppy » Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:59 am

how is this "other sports"? :lol:
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Postby Guppy » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:02 am

To me it really does not matter. In my youth I had lots of 45's and albums and tapes. I would also make copies of tapes just like copies of cd's and mp3's are made today.

I would probably want to have a copy of the original somehow, someway just in case something happened to the digital copy. But I am not a big music downloader or one that does buy a lot of music anymore.
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Postby Ruutu15 » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:06 am

Blues Fan in SF wrote:I have a collection of over 1000 LPs and 2500 7"s/45s...most of which was never released on CD so it's either vinyl or bust anyway...


That's amazing... :grin:
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Postby Blues Fan in SF » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:07 am

Ruutu15 wrote:
Blues Fan in SF wrote:I have a collection of over 1000 LPs and 2500 7"s/45s...most of which was never released on CD so it's either vinyl or bust anyway...


That's amazing... :grin:


It's a pain in the ass - half my bedroom is covered in stacks of LPs/45s...
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Postby SIU LAW » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:11 am

I consider myself a music fanatic (even more so than hockey), I am a physical medium kind of guy.

I simply hate MP3s. What passes for standard audio quality with these things is abysmal. The highs and lows are just sucked right out.

I have a huge cd collection, and the only reason I do not have a large vinyl collection and the gear, is I know that I would spend heaps of money on it trying achieve better and better high-end fidelity. High-end vinyl playback is a money pit…and those funds currently go to my guitar gear related obsession.
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Postby SIU LAW » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:12 am

Blues Fan in SF wrote:I have a collection of over 1000 LPs and 2500 7"s/45s...most of which was never released on CD so it's either vinyl or bust anyway...


Did they film the apartment scenes of High Fidelity at your place?
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Postby ksbluesfan » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:18 am

I like the FLAC files I've downloaded. For me, downloading music is just easier and requires less space, so I prefer it.
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Postby Blues Fan in SF » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:25 am

SIU LAW wrote:High-end vinyl playback is a money pit…and those funds currently go to my guitar gear related obsession.


I don't have this problem - since most of my records are from shitty punk/hardcore bands that didn't record their music well to begin with :lol:

Many of the independent 90s records I have are mini works of art in themselves, though - in addition to the music, it comes in hand-made packaging, colored/patterned vinyl, w/large booklets of poetry/political histrionics/social calls to action, etc...

I love the music of this period, but having mp3s of the songs is really no substitute for owning one out of maybe 300 of the records ever physically manufactured and sold by the band...it's a piece of my past...a souvenir from those times I spent every night after work sweating my ass off in a basement on Oakland or SF with 30 other people watching 4 people pour their hearts out into their instruments...

That's why I collect records.
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Postby Blues Fan in SF » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:46 am

SIU LAW wrote:
Blues Fan in SF wrote:I have a collection of over 1000 LPs and 2500 7"s/45s...most of which was never released on CD so it's either vinyl or bust anyway...


Did they film the apartment scenes of High Fidelity at your place?


:lol:

It's not that bad - but there is one entire wall of my bedroom dedicated to CDs and vinyl...
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Postby SIU LAW » Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:54 am

Blues Fan in SF wrote:
SIU LAW wrote:High-end vinyl playback is a money pit…and those funds currently go to my guitar gear related obsession.


I don't have this problem - since most of my records are from shitty punk/hardcore bands that didn't record their music well to begin with :lol:

Many of the independent 90s records I have are mini works of art in themselves, though - in addition to the music, it comes in hand-made packaging, colored/patterned vinyl, w/large booklets of poetry/political histrionics/social calls to action, etc...

I love the music of this period, but having mp3s of the songs is really no substitute for owning one out of maybe 300 of the records ever physically manufactured and sold by the band...it's a piece of my past...a souvenir from those times I spent every night after work sweating my ass off in a basement on Oakland or SF with 30 other people watching 4 people pour their hearts out into their instruments...

That's why I collect records.


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Postby ksbluesfan » Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:11 pm

Blues Fan in SF wrote:
SIU LAW wrote:
Blues Fan in SF wrote:I have a collection of over 1000 LPs and 2500 7"s/45s...most of which was never released on CD so it's either vinyl or bust anyway...


Did they film the apartment scenes of High Fidelity at your place?


:lol:

It's not that bad - but there is one entire wall of my bedroom dedicated to CDs and vinyl...


Just wait until the floor collapses. If you thought it was expensive to replace a door....
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Postby marco » Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:24 pm

I prefer the physical media. Same goes for software, games etc... not just music. About the only downloaded software on my computer is probably the browser, media player etc...
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Postby Ehijo » Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:56 pm

Singles downloads are changing the way lots of people listen to music. I mean, it's one thing to listen to an entire album from the first song to the last and a completely other thing just to listen to the songs as singles.

IMO, often a song is a big part of an album. It belongs with the rest of the songs on that album.

That doesn't mean I don't listen to songs unless I listen to the entire album. Just saying that downloading changes the way we listen to music.
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